Glens Independent Councillor Padraig McShane accused the PSNI of hiding while joyriders wrecked havoc in Ballycastle last weekend.The councillor said a week of joyriding at night time culminated on Saturday night with assaults on innocent bystanders who had objected to the practise.
The Councillor continued;
“A PSNI vehicle, purposely it would appear, avoided coming into contact with death riders who raced through Ballycastle for hours on end last Saturday night.
“At one point while burn-outs were happening in the Diamond the police stopped, turned and slowly made their way back to the sea front in an effort to avoid contact with the criminals.
“An altercation took place after young people objected to the death racers. When several car loads of death riders landed in the Diamond area and assaulted innocent bystanders. One man suffered a broken nose while another young man was knocked unconscious requiring several staples to a gaping wound on the head.
The Councillor finished by saying;
“Given recent events, tensions are running high in the town of Ballycastle. If, as it would appear, the police are not up to dealing with death riders a ground swell of public opinion, Particularly among young people, would advocate dealing with the matter outside of the PSNI’s remit.”
Loyalists have again raised a union flag in the grounds of a catholic chapel in Dervock during the lead up to the twelfth.Causeway Coast and Glens Independent Councillor Padraig McShane has hit out at political unionism and the PSNI when he stated;
“The hate involved in the raising of this flag in the grounds of a chapel stems not from the perpetrators themselves – who seem incapable of even the most basic of rational and simplistic of thought processing -but the clearly identifiable lack of political leadership in North Antrim and East Derry. The area continues to be the focus of racist and sectarian anti-Catholic and anti Irish sentiment both,in the local Council chamber and from some elected representatives from the Unionist community in the Stormont regime.
“Negative verbal musings from Unionist leaders on the Irish language, Gaelic Games, the identification with being Irish or Catholic all help to manifest the hate we see before us in Dervock.
flag Errected by Loyalists at the gates of the tiny Catholic Church in Dervock. the church has been attacked and vandalised in the past with windows smashed and graffiti sprayed on the exterior
“Furthermore, the PSNI have gone into hiding suggesting it is not a hate crime because no one reported it as such. The same incident was reported last year and yet no action was taken against the perpetrators who were actually in conversation with the PSNI while erecting the flag in the grounds of the chapel.
“I would call on anyone with any clout in the Unionist community, from the PSNI to the churches to civic society to begin to show leadership instead of pandering to UDA elements in the area.”